Mahbub Sarkar


  • 27 Rainforest Walk (Building 15), Room 321 Clayton, VIC 3800, Australia

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Preparedness for practice/ employability for graduates Generic/ transferable skills development Curriculum evaluation Feedback culture Tolerance of ambiguity Leadership practice in health professions


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Personal profile


Mahbub is a lecturer of educational research in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences at Monash University. As a core member of Monash Centre for Scholarship in Health Education (MCSHE), his mission is to improve the quality of health profession education through scholarship. Prior to that, he pursued his post-doctoral research in the Faculty of Science at Monash and School of Education at Deakin University.

Mahbub completed his PhD in Science Education from the Faculty of Education at Monash University in 2012. In his doctoral thesis, he explored science teachers’ perspectives, practices and challenges in regards to the promotion of scientific literacy. He has experience in both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as research design and project management of large studies. He has researched a range of STEM education issues from early years to undergraduate levels that include improving the quality of science curricula and teaching to increase student engagement, understanding the development of scientific and environmental literacy with students, and promoting undergraduate science students’ employability skills.

Prior to moving to Australia in 2008, Mahbub was a lecturer at Northern University and an educational researcher at BRAC University in Bangladesh. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Education (Honours)—both were completed in the Institute of Education and Research at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Research interests

  • Graduate employability
  • Preparedness for practice in medical and health professions
  • Developing/improving generic/transferable skills
  • Professional learning in health professions
  • Improving the quality of science teaching to increase student engagement
  • Promoting scientific literacy
  • Promoting environmental literacy
  • Promoting health literacy 

Research area keywords

  • Educational Research
  • Graduate Employability
  • Health Professions Educational Research
  • Science Teaching and Learning
  • Science Education
  • Health Education
  • Medical Education
  • Preparedness for practice
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